To all our volunteer leaders and families a big thank you from Malahide Sea Scout group.For all the times you give so generously ,your energy ,your sense of fun,and your commitment to the youth members in your care. Many thanks.
Boats may be in for the winter and being sanded ,but boat drill goes on,as this years Oars Intermediate Charge Cert begins. A class of 16 take up this challenging Nautical programme.
The course now in its 23rd year prepares scouts and ventures for the coming boating season.The programme is both, a theory and practical course.For the first eight weeks classes are run on a Sunday evening for one and half hours. Here the scouts and ventures learn about water safety,boating guidelines.International regulations for prevention of collision at sea ,safety and emergency equipment,boat maintenance,anchoring & mooring, emergency procedures (man over board drill),Meteorology,Local knowledge,Currents and tides,Boat drill and rope work. Every year guests speakers are invited along to talk about their nautical speciality.
A very comprehensive programme but the emphasis is always on being competent and carrying out the activity in safety.Each scout and is given a log book and records when a module is completed and must be signed off by the instructor.In April the practical end of the course is over a weekend .Here you must be competent in taking charge of a muti-oared rowing boat, taking part as a crew member,reacting in an emergency(loss of a rudder,oar etc).
On completion scouts and ventures are presented with their Oars Intermediate Charge Certificate and a nautical Charge Cert. badge.
Nan Lindsay, a long-time member of Malahide Sea Scout Group since 1949 passed away recently. Her first appointment in 15thDublin was assistant cub leader in the newly reformed group. After an absence of scouting in the parish for some years the new Rector Canon Gough Cooper of St. Andrew‘s church set up scouts in the school hall on Church Road. Nan along with Brian O’Callaghan took in 20 boys. For the next 24 years she acted as ACSL and CSL and worked both in the District and at National level. Her hand written and typed records over the years will be an invaluable record of that period she spent in Malahide Scouting. Many well-known person attended her pack and here both Adam Clayton and Dave Evans of U2 started their Scouting with Nan.
Her strong scouting training stood her well over the years and up to her 85th Birthday she would swim most days at Low Rock, Robswall, Malahide. On one occasion her swimming friends celebrated her 80th with a party and cake at the sea wall .Nan was made a Life Honorary member of the group and would wear the group scarf with pride. She passed away recently just before her 90th Birthday.
Nan Gone Home.
In the not so distance pass I remember you would always get a chill when Skipper would announce that the Swimming Gala is coming up shortly. With its origins back to 1919 when galas were competed for in Dublin Bay and later Clontarf Sea baths the date in September came up so fast. Not the most popular venue for the very reason, the water was always freezing. The motivation was the sooner you hit the cold water the harder you swam to get out the far side and get warm again.
The excitement and challenge are still the same, but the venue is now the National Aquatic Centre in Blanchardstown. 150 scouts from across Dublin and North Wicklow area took part in the multi choice of races. They ranged from 25 meter freestyle to 100 meter squad relay race. The Neat dive attracted entries from all the age ranges, but the keenest race competed for, the under 17 Bass Shield that was first presented on behalf of the Dublin Sea Scout Association in 1919.
Congratulations and well done to all the teams who took part. A special thanks to the organisers from Dunlaoghaire, Bray, Howth, Dollymount and Malahide Sea Scout groups.
As the closing of our Centenary drew nearer,Malahide Sea Scout group unveiled a commemorative plaque at its den on St. James Terrace celebrating 100 years of Sea Scouting on the island of Ireland. Present were invited guests and members of Malahide Sea Scout group. The unveiling was performed by Stephen Taylor,Programme Commissioner for Sea Scouting in the presence of Eoghan Lavelle former Chief Scout (S.A.I.), Mrs.Nora Taylor, Brian Meyer, Scouting Heritage,Roger Greene Honorary Life Member,Tommy Taylor Honorary Life Member,Section Leaders Kate O’Farrell,Pat Moyne,Skipper Sean Clancy, Skipper James Doyle,Group Chairperson Kevin Rowan,and scouts from the Neala and Wednesday night troops.
The plaque commemorates the appointment by Chief Scout Robert Baden-Powell the first Sea Scout Commissioner on the island of Ireland, Lieutenant Henry. J. Rundle RN.who took up the appointment.A resident of 22 Church Street,Malahide was the ‘Officer in Charge’ at the Malahide Coastguard Station.
In 1912 Sea Scouting had being established in Dublin, Bray, Malahide, Ardmore and Wicklow. Sea Scouting officially started in Malahide in 1919 only a few yards away at the rear of St. James Terrace down to the sea wall. Throughout our scouting history groups have come and gone but now in 2012 there is steady platform to give a quality programme in fun and challenging manner to the youth of Malahide and its surrounds. With this in mind we can now look forward to the future and the next hundred years
Congratulations was extended recently from our Group Leader Robert McKernan to Edward O’Donnell of the Wednesday Night Cubs. Edward was presented his Woodbeads at Dowdstown House,Co.Meath. The Woodbadge as it is known goes back to the first adult training course which was held in 1918 in Gilwell Park,North London.
When Baden-Powell returned from the 2nd Boer War of 1899 he had been gifted a necklace of wooden beads from Dinizulu as a sign of friendship. BP used them to present to adult volunteer leaders who took on training.
The present Woodbadge is gained by taking part in a six step training course over a period of 18 to 24 months. The course covers scouting skills through to personal development and finally leadership and managment skills. Congratulations
The Peace Light of Bethlehem arrived in Malahide Sea Scout Den on St.James Terrace after crossing 2 continents just in time for Christmas Eve.
On the 11th December 2012 the candle was lit in the Grotto of Christ’s Birth in the Church of the Nativity, in Bethlehem. The flame was taken by a young Israeli and Palestinian Scout to Tel Aviv Airport where with the support of Austrian Airlines a Scout carried it to Vienna.
From Vienna, Scouts and Guides from all over Europe gathered,to take the flame and transported across Europe by rail, by road and on foot through ,Switzerland , France – then on to Calais, Dover and up through England to Liverpool. On Wednesday the 13th December members of Scouting Ireland collected the light in Holyhead and brought it via Stena Line to Dublin.
In Dublin members of Scouting and Guiding held a Peace Light Service in the Church of the Visitation in Fairview. From here the light made its way to places of worship and to the Scout Den in Malahide. Here a Peace Light carol service took place with the Enchiriadis Youth Choir from Malahide village.
Scout sail ship Zawisza Czarny of the Polish Scout Association also took the Peace Light with a international scout crew across the Baltic Sea from,Swinoujscie,Poland to Ronne on Bornholm Island (Denmark) and here Danish Scouts took the Light into their homes .The ship returned to its home port in Gdynia,Poland in time for Christmas
Firstly on behalf of the 9th Port Malahide Sea Scouts, I would sincerely like to thank you for all your hard work and dedication in 2012. As a leader you are at the heart of the success of our Group. The Group in 2012 consisted of over 525 plus members, the biggest Scout Group in Ireland and the largest Sea Scout Group in Europe.
The Progarmme that you play a large part in delivering to our youth members is all about adventure, learning through doing, mixed with significant amounts of fun and a huge sense of achievement. As you reflect over the year, I hope you realise the positive contribution and impact you have played in so many young lives in your community.
In 2012 our Beaver and Cub leaders rose to the challenge of difficult camping conditions, to new water activities. The Scouting and the Venture sections for the first time in any Sea Scout Group history won all of the 5 main trophies.
- Woodlatimer Cup Established in 1914
- Hamill Cup Established in 1975
- Sir William Fry Cup Established in 1918
- Master Mariner & Desmond Fortune Memorial Trophy Established in 1995
- Long distance skiff race Established 1965
Malahide Sea Scouts also played a significant part through out the year in celebrating 100 years of Sea Scouting in Ireland. All of this success we have enjoyed is a testament to quality and dedication that our leaders have put into the Group.
In 2013 the journey continues,
- Pool Kayaking from Jan to April for all sections
- Leaders night out in February
- Founders day hike in February
- The New den development will be officially launched
- We will have a new Beavers & Cub activity day in April
- Group boat launch day in May
- Beavers and Cub days out Kayaking and Sailing in Summer 2013
- Scout and Venture hikes and camps throughout the summer of 2013
- Sea Scout skills competitions September to October
While we enjoyed many success, this year we also lost our oldest member Ms Nan Lindsay at the age of 89, who started our cubs in Malahide in 1949, may she rest in peace.
On this Christmas Eve you are invited with your families to our Peace Light carol service in the Den with the Enchiriadis Youth Choir from Malahide. This will start at 4.00 P.M for candle lighting and the Carol service will be from 5.00 P.M till 6.00 P.M. This will be a magical evening.
The Peace Light in the Holy Land:
On the 11th December 2012 the candle was lit in the Grotto of Christ’s Birth in the Church of the Nativity, in Bethlehem. This flame will be taken by young Israeli and Palestinian Scouts to Tel Aviv Airport where with the support of Austrian Airlines a Scout will carry it to Austria.
On the 15th December a Service for the Gift of Peace was held in Vienna, where Scouts and Guides from all over Europe will gather to take the flame and transport across Europe by rail, by road and on foot through Austria, Switzerland and France – then on to Calais, Dover and up through England to Liverpool. On Wednesday the 13th December members of Scouting Ireland will collect the light in Holyhead and bring it via Stena Line to Dublin.
The Peace Light in Dublin:
On Thursday 20th December at 7.30 P.M till 8.45 P.M members of Scouting and Guiding will hold a Peace Light Service in the Church of the Visitation in Fairview. If you would like to attend as a part of the Malahide Sea Scout Group you are most welcome. From there the young people and adults will take the Light to places in their own Parishes: Churches, Dens and places of worship, Hospitals and Homes for retired citizens.
On Friday 21st the ‘Light ‘ will be carried by Irish Rail on the ‘Peace Light Trains’ to such centres as: Athlone; Belfast; Carlow; Cork; Derry; Dundalk; Ennis; Galway; Limerick; Roscommon; Waterford, and Wexford. It will also travel by road to areas not serviced by a rail service such as the midland and the north-west.
I do hope you can make this special evening. If we do not meet before Christmas may you have a peaceful and very happy Christmas with your families this year.
Yours in scouting,
You better watch out ! you better not cry! rang out at the last night of the Friday Night Beavers section before they broke up for the Christmas. The family and friend’s night was celebrated with an investiture of new Beavers followed by carol singing. A little time was set aside for the party, but this was suddenly interrupted when a most important visitor came through the door.
In came Santa Claus to a loud cheer with the ringing of his Christmas bell. Santa spoke to each Beaver Scout assuring them that he will be dropping by on Christmas Eve.After the exhaustive evening for Santa the leaders and Beavers thanked Santa and bade him farewell.